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celebrated lavishly at the Hotel Astor.
February: The cook known publicly as ‘Typhoid Mary’ is released from her three-year quarantine. Mary Mallon had agreed to give up work as a cook after extensive education on hygiene. (By 1915, she would be taken in to quarantine again and remain there until her death.)
May: comet-mania hits fever pitch when the city embraces the coming brush of Haley’s Comet. For every day but two in May, the New York Times featured an article about the comet, including coverage of comet parties by the fashionable set and comet watching at the trendiest hotels.
December: The Ritz-Carlton makes headlines when the vice-president of the Ritz-Carlton Company decides not to forbid women smoking in their public dining room. One female diner shocked the city by sending smoke rings to the ceiling without concern for propriety, sending the waitstaff in to a scurry, unsure of how to respond.
Mary image source: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/people/typhoidmary.aspx
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When A Man Marries by Mary Roberts Rinehart
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